Often, when dining out, between rich courses one is served a palate cleanser: a sprig of parsley for example, or some mint sorbet.
This shirt — simpler than my typical Mood Sewing Network fare of late — is my version of a palate cleanser: easy on the eyes and refreshingly minty.
I adore Mood Fabrics’ selection of cotton shirting and shirt-weight prints. I saw this mint and pale gray Liberty of London-style paisley (available in a number of colorways, btw) and was immediately smitten. (To see this and other similar prints available at Mood Fabrics, click here.)
I’ve learned, since I bought this fabric, that this pattern has what is known as a half-drop repeat. It takes some effort to match the pattern across, say, a shirt front, but it’s not as challenging as matching a plaid.
I decided to use this paisley to make a shirt, using a favorite tried-and-true pattern, vintage Butterick 4712, but adding a covered button placket so as not to break the beautiful design.
For contrast, I cut the inside collar stand out of pale gray cotton shirting from my stash. Rather than a standard collar, I chose to make a club collar, which is rounded rather than pointy.
I love the results. The palette is delicate and the weight of the shirt is perfect for spring and summer.
I think everyone needs at least one paisley garment in their wardrobe, don’t you?